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A study testing brain implants to prevent binge eating is a first for the world.
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A study testing brain implants to prevent binge eating is a first for the world.

Two obese binge-eating disorder sufferers were surgically implanted with a gadget as part of a groundbreaking pilot study. The device was developed to identify and inhibit brain signals associated to binge-eating food cravings, with promising results laying the framework for a future in which implants can control a variety of impulsive behaviors. The new study was conducted by the University of Pennsylvania's (UPenn) Perelman School of Medicine and released on Monday, August 29 in Nature Medicine. A compact gadget that monitors food craving-related brain activity in a crucial brain region and reacts by electrically stimulating that region showed promise in a pilot clinical trial, according to researchers from UPenn. Two patients with loss-of-control binge eating disorder responded f...
A new study shows how signals can be used to stop binge eating.
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A new study shows how signals can be used to stop binge eating.

According to a press release from the University of Cologne on Thursday, a group of researchers have come up with a completely new way to treat eating disorders that may be the key to finally controlling these harmful urges. The nerve cells that tell us to eat Researchers used mouse models to show that a group of nerve cells in the hypothalamus called AgRP (agouti-related peptide neurons) control the release of endogenous lysophospholipids, which in turn control the excitability of nerve cells in the cerebral cortex, which stimulates food intake. The scientists also figured out that activating AgRP neurons in the hypothalamus could make a person feel hungry. In this study, AgRPs were also linked to autotaxin, an enzyme in the brain (ATX). Researchers did a lot of work to find out...